Australian comedy icon Magda Szubanski has become the latest high profile Australian to go public with their support for the rights of gay and lesbian Australians to marry.
Szubanski, who has performed in hit comedy series such as Fast Forward and Kath and Kim, and starred in the Babe movies and the Golden Compass, said she is “1000 percent in favour of gay marriage”.
“All Australians, including gay Australians, should have exactly the same rights including the right to love, marry and take care of our partners,” the Melbourne resident said.
“The law as it stands means that you could be a serial killer … yet you would still be considered fit to marry. But if you are gay then you are not deemed to be worthy of these same rights. The law as it stands is unfair and it needs to be changed to reflect the wonderful, tolerant, live-and-let-live society Australians have created.”
“We pay taxes, fight wars for this country, nurse you when you are sick, make you laugh, sing and dance for you, play netball for you, star in your movies, cook your meals, decorate your store windows and chances are gay people designed whatever it is you’re wearing. All Australians, including gay Australians, should have exactly the same rights including the right to love, marry and take care of our partners.”
Szubanski is set to share her personal story for the first time tonight on Channel Ten’s The Project from 6pm.
Szubanski joins other Australian film, television and music icons including Kath and Kim co-stars Gina Riley and Jane Turner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Jimmy Barnes, Angry Anderson, Guy Pearce, David Stratton, Margaret Pomeranz, Stephan Elliot and Oscar winner Lizzie Gardiner in supporting marriage equality.
Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national convener Alex Greenwich welcomed Szubanski’s statement, which he said reflected a growing sense among Australians that it was time for marriage equality.
“Magda and other high-profile supporters of marriage equality are reflecting growing support for the issue and growing impatience with politicians dragging their feet,” Greenwich said.
“Like all of us, Magda wants her homeland to live up to its ideals of equality and a fair go.”
Magda Szubanski is expected to make a major personal announcement later today.